Noam Chomsky shows (yet again) why he is our premier public intellectual nonpareil:


"It is also worth thinking about the name given to the bin Laden operation: Operation Geronimo. The imperial mentality is so profound that few seem able to perceive that the White House is glorifying bin Laden by calling him “Geronimo” — the Apache Indian chief who led the courageous resistance to the invaders of Apache lands.

The casual choice of the name is reminiscent of the ease with which we name our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Blackhawk… We might react differently if the Luftwaffe had called its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.”


On the occasion of yet another (if amplified by the decadal resound) outpouring of self-pity mixed with self congratulation, Chomsky examines 9/11 and our catastrophic response to it in characteristically lucid fashion.

Bottom line: Until politicians stop competing for office based upon their mindless adherence to the doctrine that we are special–specially special, indeed exceptionally special–this country will continue to be a running sore upon the ass of the world.

(h/t Wendy Davis)